18 May 2018Hot off the Press
US President Donald Trump has warned that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could meet the same fate as former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed by rebel militia during the Libyan Civil War in 2011, following a US-led NATO intervention.
Mr Trump said that this “would take place if we don’t make a deal” with North Korea.
“The model, if you look at that model with Gaddafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat him. Now that model would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely. But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy,” the President said.
“This with Kim Jong-un would be something where he would be there. He would be running his country. His country would be very rich.
“We’re willing to do a lot, and he’s willing … to do a lot also, and I think we’ll actually have a good relationship, assuming we have the meeting and assuming something comes of it. And he’ll get protections that will be very strong.”
However, Mr Trump appears to have misunderstood comments made by his National Security Advisor John Bolton, who referred to the “Libyan model” as a possible approach to getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.
Mr Bolton’s remarks were actually in reference to a 2003 announcement by Mr Gaddafi that Libya was ending its weapons of mass destruction programme and seeking better relations with the West.
Mr Trump has downplayed reports that North Korea has threatened to pull out of an upcoming nuclear summit, claiming that relations between the US and North Korea have continued as normal.
North Korea announced that talks would be suspended due to annual joint US-South Korean military drills.